Monday, July 28, 2014

Trade Lester?

The closer we get to Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, the more Jon Lester trade rumors we are going to hear, but now that the Red Sox have officially given up on 2014, there's no reason to "table" contract talks any longer

On Monday's podcast, I reacted to some of the Lester trade rumors while staying confident that there's still time to get an extension done to keep him in Boston.

Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi joined the show to talk Red Sox, as well as New England Patriots training camp.

Plus, my reaction to Joe Torre forgetting to thank George Steinbrenner in his 28-minute MLB Hall-of-Fame induction speech.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

It's over

The Red Sox returned from the All-Star break to sweep the Kansas City Royals, but then collapsed against divisional rivals, essentially crushing any hope for a playoff appearance

On WEEI 93.7 FM Saturday, I finally gave up on the 2014 Boston Red Sox. Listen here.

Also, Barstool Sports' Jerry Thornton joined me in-studio and we looked back at the first few days of New England Patriots training camp. Listen here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Stanton to the Sox?

Giancarlo Stanton isn't going anywhere before this year's trade deadline, but come the offseason, expect the Boston Red Sox to be in the mix if he is made available

We've all thought of him. But how realistic is it? A little more realistic than you think.

As I said on WEEI 93.7 FM over the weekend, and again on Monday's podcast: Red Sox sources tell me they believe they're one of only a few teams in Major League Baseball that have the prospects to make a Stanton trade happen, if he is made available this winter.

That doesn't seem like earth-shattering news to anybody who is familiar with Boston's farm system. But, it's now clear that Stanton is being considered -- within the Red Sox organization -- as a realistic acquisition this offseason, if the Marlins would actually be willing to move him. So much so, that the Sox believe they'd be one of the favorites to land Stanton.

I went into some more detail on Monday's podcast.

Also, ESPN-Boston's Joe McDonald joined me to discuss the Red Sox' playoff hopes after winning seven-of-eight and sweeping the Kansas City Royals. We also tried to predict Ben Cherington's mindset entering the July 31 trade deadline.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jeter's Farewell

It was "Derek Jeter Night" in Minnesota on Tuesday, and as he tipped his All-Star cap one last time at the Midsummer Classic, we now look to crown a new "face" of Major League Baseball

When Jeter is all done after this season, who will be the face to represent the game? My guess is Giancarlo Stanton. But he'll have to play in a major baseball market like, let's say, Boston or New York.

On Wednesday's podcast, I didn't rule out that type of major trade. Hey, the Marlins have done it before.

Also, what's up with Adam Wainwright's comments during the All-Star Game?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LeBron goes home

LeBron James' decision to return to Cleveland is a great story for the NBA, but it also affects Kevin Love's trade market

Comcast SportsNet NBA insider A. Sherrod Blakely joined me on Tuesday's podcast to discuss LeBron's decision and to look ahead at what it means for Love.

And also, what it means for the Boston Celtics.

Plus, I reacted to the MLB All-Star festivities, and took a look at where the Boston Red Sox currently stand at the break.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Talkin' LeBron on Comcast SportsNet



I joined Mike Felger, Bob Neumeier, and Dan Shaughnessy on Comcast SportsNet, Thursday night, and we discussed the LeBron James saga, before he made his decision to go back to Cleveland

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Something in the works?

The Boston Celtics have signed Avery Bradley to a four-year, $32 million deal, and it seems a little crazy, unless it's just the first shoe to drop on something a whole lot bigger

Hearing reports that the C's are "relentless" in their pursuit of Kevin Love, Bradley's new contract might have more to do with matching salaries with a certain player in a potential trade.

That player is 31-year-old guard Kevin Martin, who signed a four-year, $28 million deal last summer with the Minnesota Timberwolves. If the 'Wolves are going to pay $7-8 million a year for a guard, why not pay that money to a 23-year-old Bradley instead of a 31-year-old Martin who dealt with a foot injury at the end of last season?

And why not make Bradley part of a package that could send Love to Boston?

It's my theory. And I'm sticking to it. To me, there's more to Bradley's contract than meets the eye.

On Monday's podcast, Comcast SportsNet New England columnist Rich Levine joined me to discuss the Celtics' offseason so far, and to take a look at other NBA news.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Break up the band

The Red Sox were swept by the lowly Chicago Cubs at Fenway, and now, general manager Ben Cherington has no choice but to do something to send a message to his team

Get rid of Jake Peavy. That sends a message, because, Peavy is "one of the boys." And while getting rid of one of the boys may not be a popular decision, it would certainly show that Cherington means business.

It also would show his commitment to Rubby De La Rosa, a young pitcher who has been more encouraging than Peavy over the last month.

Break up the band. Send a message. Give another young arm a permanent spot in the rotation.

Right now, that's the least that Cherington can do to give his team a kick in the behind.

On Thursday's podcast (the last podcast of the holiday week), I called for this move to be made. I also discussed the Bruins' offseason and the Celtics signing Avery Bradley to a ridiculous contract.

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Defending Peter Chiarelli



 I joined Mike Felger and Lou Merloni Thursday on Comcast SportsNet New England, and above is the video of our Bruins segment, in which I defend Peter Chiarelli

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

From bad to worse

Awful base running prevented the Red Sox from jumping all over a struggling Edwin Jackson early in Tuesday night's game, as it was another frustrating example of Boston's offensive issues in 2014

On Wednesday's podcast, I reacted to the Red Sox' second straight loss to the Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park.

Plus, I gave my take on Jarome Iginla leaving the Boston Bruins for the Colorado Avalanche.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Make room for Rubby

As the Red Sox try to position themselves for a postseason push before the July 31 trade deadline, there is a move they could make that would both commit to the youth movement and help them win

On Tuesday's podcast, I called for the Red Sox to give Rubby De La Rosa a permanent spot in Boston's rotation, even if it means finding a new home for Jake Peavy.

Comcast SportsNet New England's Mike Giardi joined me to talk Red Sox, Bruins, and World Cup.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Draft night disappointment

The Boston Celtics used their two first-round picks on a pair of guards, and there's no way that Rajon Rondo can be happy about that draft-night strategy

On Friday's podcast, I used the word "disappointment" to describe what the Celtics did -- or shall I say, didn't do -- at Thursday's NBA Draft. I also put myself in the shoes of Rondo, a day later.

And I previewed the Red Sox' weekend series in the Bronx.

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